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St Christopher

Welcome to our page all about St. Christopher. Scroll down to learn all about who St. Christopher was and some interesting facts about him. Don't forget to click on our photo gallery on the right to have a look at our saint group activities and collective worship. 

Christopher means "Christ bearer" and is thought to have originated from the legend of the man carrying the child across the river. 

St. Christopher found a hermit who taught him all about Christ, the King of Kings. The hermit suggested that he spend his life in prayer and fasting, a thing which St. Christopher, a large and probably often hungry man found difficult, he objected. The hermit suggested he then find something else that would please Christ. St. Christopher offered to work at a nearby river, and help travellers across. The fording was dangerous and many people with less strength had drowned. The hermit advised St. Christopher this would please Christ.

One day, a child approached St. Christopher by the river and asked to be helped across. St. Christopher obliged. However, as he entered midstream, the river rose and the child's weight grew and became extremely heavy. It was only by great exertion that St. Christopher safely delivered the child to the other side.

When St. Christopher asked the child why he was so heavy, the child explained that He was the Christ and when St. Christopher carried Him, he also carried the weight of the whole world on his shoulders. The child then vanished. 

    

St. Christopher is most popularly known as the patron Saint of travellers. You may have seen his image on jewellery. He is also the patron Saint of many other people including children, gardeners and athletes. 

His feast day is the 25th of July. 

 

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